Boy names are trending in the Oregon area, with ‘slim’ boy names gaining in popularity
Oregon, the first state to legalize gay marriage, is enjoying a resurgence in boy names.
In a study published Tuesday in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, researchers found that the names of boys from the Portland area and the surrounding counties are growing more common.
The study found that, by 2035, the number of boys named after a slim, light-eyed and lanky-looking boy had grown from 2.5 percent to 4.4 percent.
By 2070, that number is expected to jump to 8.4 to 12.7 percent.
It’s no surprise, the researchers write, that this trend has been driven by gay and lesbian men.
These are people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.
They’ve been seeking boys to play with, and to love.
For the study, researchers looked at the names and birth dates of more than 1,600 boys from a wide range of ethnicities in Portland.
The researchers also examined birth records from children born in Portland and the nearby county of Clark.
They used information from the Oregon Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Census Bureau to compile birth records dating back to 1900.
In the first two decades of the study period, more boys were born named “Toby,” “Evelyn,” “Alex” or “Ezra.”
The study authors found that among boys born between 1990 and 1994, the top three boys’ names were:Boys named Toby (5.2 percent)Alex (5 percent)Eve (5%)Boys who were born in the 1980s (5,6 percent) were named Toby, Alex or Ezra.
Boys born in 1992 and 1993 were named Ezra or Ezra, and boys born in 1994 and 1995 were named Eve.
The authors note that it is likely the top names have become more common as people of different ethnicities identify with them.
In addition, boys born before 1990 were more likely to be named Toby than those born after.
This pattern is consistent with the notion that gay and transgender people gravitate toward boys.
“When you look at the name and birth records, boys are more likely than girls to have been named Toby or Ezra,” said co-author Mark S. Cohen, a doctoral candidate in evolutionary psychology at Oregon State University.
“That suggests to me that the boys are getting more masculine names as they become more attracted to the boys of their own ethnicity.”
Cohen added that there’s no single reason why the trend is happening, but it does appear that the gay and trans community is changing the ways in which people name their sons.
“It’s important to recognize that there is a big difference between gay and straight,” he said.
“We’re talking about a very broad community of people who are very different.
The name is just one element of who they are.”
The authors write that they are exploring other factors, such as the age of the child and the ethnicity of the parents, to see if there is anything specific about a boy’s name that influences it.
Cohen says the findings could have implications for how we understand transgender identity and the challenges transgender people face in identifying as male or female.
“There are people out there who are trans who are struggling to be accepted in their own community,” he explained.
“But what’s important is that we don’t get hung up on the names.
People who are transitioning are also struggling.
That’s a fact, and there are no easy answers.
What’s important for us to understand is that there are some things we can do to help people to find more stable ways to talk about their identity.”
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